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John J. Czerwiecki

January 13, 1929 - June 5, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date June 9, 2018

John Joseph Czerwiecki, passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2018. He was 89 years old. John was born at home on Wheatland Avenue in Chicopee on January 13, 1929. At the age of 10, his dad bought him a violin and lessons. Growing up he worked with the local grocer and palled around with his friend Ziggy Wachta of Chicopee. Going to Chicopee High School, he added Saxophone and Clarinet to his musical likings. After graduation, John joined the US NAVY. He really wanted to be under the water in the submarines, but being tall he had to opt for the wide open sea on deck. He did 5 years with the Navy. After the Navy, John took his love of music, especially Big Bands, around with a little band with some of his friends. They would be accordion player Joe Kaczynski who would later marry Jeanne (Paquette). Drum player, Stephen Hanecak married to Mary(Jarosz) would turn out to be his future Father-in-law. So this is where John met his future wife. She used to go dancing where he played. Alice “Connie” Hanecak and John were married on September 5, 1953. They soon started a family, James Edward of Chicopee, an Airplane Technician Specialist, Chris Martin of Chicopee and Linda L. of Chicopee, a former restaurant manager and grocery store dept. manager.

John worked for Sears Roebucks for 35 years. He worked in the West Springfield and then Eastfield stores, before taking early retirement, due to medical reasons. He was thrilled to go travelling with Connie. They did manage to do some before Connie became terminally ill. After John lost his wife, he spent time with his Grandchildren, Alex, Corey and Tim. He also had a Great Granddaughter, Kyla. John also has a younger brother, Edward. He has 4 children, Cindy, Vanessa David and Stephen. John made sure he kept in touch with Connie’s sister, Lillian Moos of Chicopee and his niece, Diane Catalano. John kept busy, was a handyman and did a lot of remodeling on his home. Our Dad will be missed. John’s parents were Joseph and Caroline (Kusek) of Belchertown and Palmer. The funeral will be held this morning, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 61 Grape St., in Chicopee Center at 9 am with a service at 10 am. Burial will be in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery in South Hadley. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association, 59 Bobala Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040 or to the charity of one’s choice.